Bozeman hay maze that burned last year to reopen

2012-10-02T13:08:00Z Bozeman hay maze that burned last year to reopenThe Associated Press The Associated Press
October 02, 2012 1:08 pm  • 

BOZEMAN - A year after a suspected electrical fire destroyed half of a hay maze near Bozeman, owner Dale Mandeville is preparing to reopen the attraction this month with more to offer and a few precautions.

Mandeville designs the maze on paper and then builds the 125- by 200-foot piece of hay art with about 3,400 straw bales.

The maze has been a Gallatin Valley fall staple for nearly 15 years, but after last year's fire, Mandeville is taking a few precautions. He says he has a truck with a fire pump in the back of it along with some fire gel.

He's also added a bungee trampoline, corn bin, straw house, concessions and a mini train, along with a "human gyroscope" ride.

The maze will be open every Friday, Saturday and Sunday through October.

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